St. Charles

Near New Town and Hwy. 94 and Hwy. 370

Columbia (East)

Southeast Columbia
near Hwy. 63 and Grindstone Pkwy.


North O’Fallon near T.R. Hughes Blvd.

Columbia (West)

West Columbia
near Scott Blvd. and Chapel Hill Rd.

Lake Saint Louis

On Hwy. N about 1.5 miles West of Hwy. 40/64


On Midland Blvd.
between Ashby Rd. and Woodson Rd.

About Bright Start Academy

Since 1996, Bright Start Academy has provided quality and affordable preschool and childcare services to children ages 6 weeks through Pre-K. Our six schools have prepared thousands of children for lifelong success while winning numerous awards and accreditations. It is our goal to ensure your children are reaching their optimal learning potential by providing dedicated, professional educators and the best possible learning environment. Bright Start Academy programs are designed to instill a love for learning by making it fun. This is why a child’s love for learning starts here at Bright Start Academy!

Difference between Bright Start Academy and a daycare

Unlike a “daycare”, Bright Start Academy focuses on developing the whole child by using each experience throughout the day as a learning opportunity. Our award winning programs recognize each child as an individual with different needs and abilities. We encourage our teachers to design their lesson plans to meet your individual child’s needs. Our teaching professionals work with the on-site Program Administrator in developing lesson plans that are specifically tailored for your child’s development with our Start Smart Curriculum. Bright Start Academy’s unique Start Smart Curriculum was developed by early childhood professionals and based on research to engage your child in hands-on learning. We recognize the importance of parents being involved in their child’s learning and strive to develop a partnership with our families to inform you of your child’s progress with ongoing and open communication.

Bright Start Academy’s state-of-the-art schools are designed with your child in mind, giving them ample space to explore, learn, create, and be active. Bright Start Academy supports our professional educators through ongoing training and education – more than doubling the requirements from the State of Missouri. Numerous studies have demonstrated the connection between staff training and program quality. A “daycare” follows the State of Missouri’s licensing rules and regulations; we meet these standards and exceed them by adhering to National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) standards. As always, Bright Start Academy’s goal is to exceed our parents’ expectations, maintain high standards, and prepare each child with a strong educational foundation.

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Why is quality Early Childhood Education so important?

Current research supports the connection between early childhood education and positive long-term outcomes, such as high school enrollment, crime rates, health, and even increased life expectancy. A solid and meaningful early foundation is crucial. Early learning experiences dramatically shape and support brain development into adulthood. At Bright Start Academy, we will not only provide a strong foundation for your child but also provide your child with all of the necessary tools for lifelong success.


Curriculum & Programs

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At Bright Start Academy, you can rest assured that your child is in the best hands. We are committed to making the first transition away from home comfortable and easy for both you and your child.

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Toddlers are fun and full of wonder and curiosity! In Bright Start Academy’s toddler program, your child will grow and develop every day as he or she actively explores and learns through play.

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Early Preschool

Early Preschoolers are a very busy group that learn & discover something new each day! Our early pre-school program offers hands-on activities designed to support their development and growth.

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Preschool is an exciting new chapter in your child’s life. Our preschool program combines teacher-led hands-on learning experiences and structured play in our safe, fun and nurturing environments.

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Everything your child has learned throughout their time at Bright Start Academy comes together in our Pre-Kindergarten program. You will be amazed at your child’s progress and their readiness for Kindergarten

What The Parents Say

Bright Start Academy

Columbia (West)

(573) 447-3400

4300 Rainbow Trout Dr.
Columbia, MO 65203